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The Michigan Doily

Tuesday, October 7, 1986

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BO FEARS GANG GREEN 'D'

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more

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White

By ADAM MARTIN figure t
Michigan State tailback Lorenzo Johnson
White gets all the attention. But "I c
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler because
is more concerned about the Spartan things y
defense. said Sch
"Their real strength is defense," to run t
Schembechler said at yesterday's same an
weekly press luncheon. "That's the assumpt
best defense they've had in four you can't
years. It's bigger and quicker, and a Whe
better defense than they had in '78 want to
(the year MSU dumped Michigan offense.
24-15)." Spartan
SCHEMBECHLER'S offensiv
concern takes the focus away from
White, the Spartans' most feared
threat. And White may have taken
himself out of the picture for next
Saturday's Michigan-MSU battle
after suffering a badly sprained knee
in the Spartans loss to Iowa last
Saturday. Sunday, White was listed
as "very questionable."
The White question makes no
difference to Schembechler,
however. Because MSU wide
receivers Mark Ingram and Andre
Rison pose a serious threat,
whether White plays will not
change the way Michigan prepares
for the MSU offense.
"Their whole offense was
handing the ball to Lorenzo a year
ago, but not now," said
Schembechler. "They'll move the
football, and the key is the two
wideouts." "The
IF WHITE cannot play, turning s
sophomore Craig Johnson will down 1
start at tailback. Johnson has different
sd."I
gained 81 yards on 17 carries for a the wis
4.8 average. The Spartans do not
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By JEFF RUSH another
An open letter to Detroit have he
Pistons' management: name o
Now
H ey Mr. Daly and Mr. and all,
McCloskey, there's this guy on thinking
your roster I'd like to tell you about the mess
- guy by the name of Dennis basketba
Rodman. prophet
I know it was you guys who that. Lor
drafted him this summer, but I But b
don't want you burying any and it ta
thoughts about this guy, even if his the righ
nickname is "The Worm." winner.
.1 also know the guy may unprove
be a little inexperienced as that's w
far as pro basketball is look at R
concerned, but you gotta You'
take a close look at him - way
he's got ability. We're not players
talking Chuck Nevitt or the mo
Rick Mahorn here. I rem
No, Rodman's always been full when ev
of potential - it's in his genes. I these t
mean, he's got two sisters who accordin
were All-American college - tak
basketball players. Chamb
Yeah, I know Dennis didn't even Kareem
play high school basketball. But he Patri
was barely six-feet tall in high Sampso
school. When Dennis showed up a NBA, w
. few months later for classes at to the c
Southeastern Oklahoma, he had said som
grown merely seven inches. But
And all he did at up on
Southeastern Oklahoma was of the
average 26 points and 13 Funny
rebounds per game in his too. Hi
first year of playing. Those basketb
numbers, though on a lower at an
level, are close to those of was b

o change their offense if
starts.
an't worry about White
you can't worry about
ou have no control over,"
embechler. "They're going
he same plays and run the
nount, so you go under the
ion (White) will play, and
t go too far wrong."
e Schembechler does not
make any mistakes is on
. Handling the unique
defense will require some
e adjustments.

the ball."
For comparisons, Schembechler
said he felt Notre Dame and Florida
State tested Michigan's defense, but
that Saturday's contest "will be the
biggest test yet for the defense."
Blue Banter
- Saturday's Michigan-Michigan
State game may be pivotal in
determining a Rose Bowl berth. If
Michigan loses,,it will need luck to
finish ahead of Michigan State in
the conference because the Spartans
do not play Ohio State and their
toughest remaining game is
probably Indiana. If Michigan
wins, MSU will probably be out of
the race.
"If a team drops' two," said
Schembechler, "they're pretty much
out of it." Why? Because the lack
of an OSU-MSU clash probably
makes another Michigan State loss
fatal.
-Michigan linebacker Andy
Moeller was named UPI Midwest
Defensive Player of the Week after
his three interceptions against
Wisconsin.
- Injured Wolverines Jamie
Morris, Paul Jokisch, Doug
Mallory, and Tony Gant will all
practice this week and are expected
to be available for the State game.
- The Wisconsin crowd, which
forced two unwanted timeouts on
their Badgers last Saturday,
boggled Bo's mind. "It's amazing,"
he said. "I don't know whether they
give a damn if Wisconsin wins or
loses. Someone told them the
party was in the stadium."

Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler instructs quarterback Jim Harbaugh during Saturday's 34-17 victory
over Wisconsin. Harbaugh, who set a new Michigan single game passing record with 310 yards last week, will
have to come up with another big day to overcome a tough Michigan State defense.

AP Top
Twenty

Johnson
.. May replace White
ir defense uses a twisting,
cheme (spearheaded by four
linemen) that requires
preparation," Schembechler
I's kind of like preparing for
hbone on the other side of

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Miami, Fla. (55)
Alabama (2)
Nebraska
MICHIGAN
Penn State (1)
Oklahoma
Auburn
Arkansas
Southern Cal
. Iowa
. Arizona
Washington
. Baylor
Texas A&M
. Arizona State
Louisiana State
N.C. State
Stanford
Mississippi Stat
Clemson

Record
5-0-0
5-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
3-1-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
3-1-0
4-1-0
3-1-0
3-0-1
2-1-0
3-0-1
4-0-0
e 4-1-0
3-1-0

Pts.
1,155
1,084
988
959
937
867
828
726
709
614
605
504
438
393
392
268
133
111
86
77

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name that you may
eard of - guy by the
f Adrian Dantley.
I liked the Dantley trade
but I don't want you
that Adrian is going to be
siah leading the Pistons to
all holy land. Even the
Isiah hasn't been able to do
d knows he's tried.
asketball is a team game,
kes a long time to assemble
t parts to put together a
You have to gamble on
n talent sometimes, and
hy I'm asking you to take a
Rodman.
d be surprised at the
unknown, unproven
end up outplaying
re talked-about stars.
ember a couple years ago
veryone was talking about
wo college centers who,
ng to many, were better than
e your pick - Wilt
erlin, Bill Russell or
Abdul-Jabbar.
ick Ewing and Ralph
n, once drafted into the
vere going to take two teams
,hampionship (immediately,
ne of the experts).
another guy showed
the scene before any
se guys left college.
thing about this guy,
[e never played much
:ball, and certainly not
organized level. He
too busy kicking' a

soccer ball around, working
on the footwork that has
made him a terror on the
hardwood court.
I think you know the story -
Akeem Olajuwon led one of the
most exciting collegiate teams in
recent memory, Phi Slamma
Jamma, a.k.a. the Houston
Cougars.
More recently than that,
Olajuwon (with the help of
Sampson), led the Houston Rockets
to the NBA Championship Series,
giving Boston a good run before
falling to the Celtics.
And if you looked at the stats of
Olajuwon, you'll see that they were
better than those of Sampson and
Ewing. All that from an
inexperienced basketball player with
lots of raw athletic ability.
Athletic ability is nothing new
to Dennis Rodman. Detroit Free
Press sportswriter Johnette Howard
writes: "He can leap with a
suddenness that's eerie; he is as fast
as a Ferrari and he dunks with a
fury that has delighted the small
crowds watching the Pistons'
evening workouts."
Just think about it, guys.
Sincerely,
A Pistons' fan

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